Hubbard Glacier is the
only glacier in the world that does not move at a glacial pace.
Quite the opposite. Nicknamed the "Galloping Glacier",
Hubbard moves faster than almost any other glacier on the continent.
In fact, in 1986, Hubbard Glacier - the largest tidewater glacier
on the North American continent - moved an average of just under
5.5 feet per hour. The glacier advanced so fast in 1986 it dammed Russell
Fjord. And now it threatens a repeat performance. Keep a watchful
eye as you sail through the Yakutat bay; you may be a witness
to geological history.
awe before Alaska's most massive tidewater glacier. This dazzling
ice-blue behemoth fills your view and extends for miles at either
side. It originated on the slopes of Mt. Logan 76 miles away
in Kluane National park, and spreads across a valley 40 miles
wide. By the time it reaches Disenchantment Bay, it's architecture
towers 40 stories high, dwarfing even the largest ships.
Imagine coming face
to face with a wall of ice six miles wide. Marvel at a 150-mile
long wall of peaks that include Mt. Logan and Mt. St. Elias
- the second and third tallest mountains in North America. Encounter
the mighty Malaspina, the largest piedmont glacier on the continent.
As you approach Hubbard Glacier, watch for seals afloat on the
ice. This is an experience you will long remember.